A Photographers Dream in Bangalore: Tips for shooting the KR Flower Market

A vendor sells her flowers at the KR Flower Market

The KR Flower Market is a bustling area of street vendors selling a vast array of fresh cut flowers.  I am told that vendors starting arriving at 2:00 a.m. to set up their flowers, and that the market starts getting busy at 5:00 a.m.  I arrived at 6:00 a.m. about an hour before sunrise.

As a photography enthusiast the beauty of the arriving before sunrise is that it allows for pictures that have a completely different mood than after sunrise.  The pictures that are in low light capture a mood that is very different than after the sunrises, when your photographs become awash in the colors of the flowers.  In a short time period one can easily take two very distinct sets of photographs.

I could barely find any information on google about the flower market, so here are some tips for anyone interested in photographing the market:

  • Get there early (a 1/2 hour before sunrise) if you are interested in atmospheric photography. The street lights and headlights create instant mood.
  • The market ends around 8:30 a.m., so this is a quick shoot.
  • Do not use a flash (or at least in most cases don’t use a flash) as it destroys the benefit of the light.
  • The market is crowded so be prepared to be in thick crowds.
  • Don’t plan on changing lenses, so bring one lens that will cover all of your needs (I use a 24-70 mm Sony lens). Because of the crowds a long lens is a waste.
  • Most vendors are fine having their picture taken but be respectful of vendors (especially religious women) whom do not want to be photographed.
  • If you are allergic to bees, you may want to consider skipping the market as the flowers are loaded with bees.
  • You will take tons of pictures, so make sure you have plenty of room on your memory card.
  • Any Taxi, Uber or Tuk can take you to the market. Don’t waste your money on a guide.
  • I like to take eye level shots of the vendors. This means crouching down (which can be difficult in the crowd) or holding your camera low and popping out the view screen if you have that option.
Before sunrise at the KR Market
Building lights cast a green color at flower market
Man carrying roses on head
Wide shot of market in dark
Vendor holds her flowers on strings
Vendor sells purple flowers at sunrise
Flowers at the KR Market
Pink Flowers at KR Flower Market

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